by Lea Tucker
Much like the endless squats and lunges we do as standard ski conditioning each fall before the lifts start to spin and ski season commences, a similar approach should apply to preparing oneself for the annual FOOD & WINE Classic that kicks off summer in Aspen. After many years of participating in the festival, I have compiled some tips to consider leading up the annual affair:
Build up your tolerance leading up to the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.
Wine Expert, Mark Oldman recommends that you:
“Become a student of smells. Focus on mindfully inhaling aromas people often find in wine, such as various fruits, grass, vanilla, chocolate, pepper, tobacco - it will help you visualize these elements in your wine at the festival. Hone your skills at wine bars and restaurants that serve flights of wine, whereby a number of different varietals of wines are poured. Sip them one at a time so you can compare.There's nothing like tasting wines side by side to help you figure out elements that you like and those that you don't. While I generally don't recommend spitting out your wine, designated drivers should be prepared to do so.”
In the weeks leading up to the grand affair, start the hydration process. Drink around 10 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Add some mint, lemon, lime, orange slices to make it interesting. During the fest: make sure to stay hydrated with water and other non-alcoholic beverages in between your vinous sprees. Stock up and take full advantage of the bottled water sponsor. Tip back anything non-alcoholic to keep your system flowing. Pro Tip.
Pick yourself up a bottle of RESQWATER
Proactive Recovery which will help you detox, recover and perform throughout the long weekend.